My colleague Ian Perry, has drafted a short piece on 'A Green and Living City', which is for the Edinburgh Labour website --- I'll reproduce the text below, for those interested:
When Edinburgh Labour took responsibility for
cleansing in the city from the previous
Lib-Dem/SNP Council, the service had gone
through years of uncertainty with the threat of privatisation. After spending millions of
pounds on this proposed change, with staff morale at an all time low, they
abandoned the idea. Labour was left to pick up the mess.
Labour has over the past 5 years made the
service more efficient, with resources going to the front line and a leaner
management. This was recently recognized by Audit Scotland. Edinburgh was one
of the top performing Councils, by reducing the cost per resident.
Edinburgh’s aim is to reduce our waste, re-use and recycle. Our top priority is
to keep our city clean, in all our
This Labour-led Council has taken action and
implemented a Waste and Cleansing Improvement Plan and for example has:
missed collections, with 0.17% of collections resulting in a customer complaint
charges for Special Uplifts for bulky items to £5 per item, resulting in a
massive increase in the use of the service and a reduction in fly-tipping.
pledges to scrap the bulky uplift charge altogether.
As for recycling --- rates continue to climb
in the capital:
recycling from both individual homes and on street facilities, which has
resulted in 45% waste now being recycled.
We aim to increase this to 60%.
- We send less
waste to land fill, saving the city money.
- A new food
waste plant is operating and producing compost for the land; and clean energy.
- A new
residual waste plant is being built, which will mean no waste going to Landfill.
- We have
introduced new kerbside dry mixed and glass recycling collections to more than
recycled in communal packaging bins serving flats and tenements has risen significantly.
- Aim for an
80% reduction in Trade Waste bin clutter, on our streets.
- Continue the
Trade Waste Team, to ensure businesses are responsible for their waste and not
using residents’ communal bins.
- Continue to
invest in our staff by providing new staff facilities, new supervisors, new
in-cab technology and recruiting permanent staff to the service. We want to
continue to keep the service in-house, investing in our staff and service.
- Continue the
successful roll-out of the ‘Our Edinburgh’ campaign, to discourage anti-social
behaviour like fly-tipping and littering.
- Provide an
additional night shift for mechanical street sweeping duties.
- Launch the
innovative trial of bin fill sensors, which ensures litter bin uplifts when
Environmental Wardens to deal with dog fouling, fly tipping and litter
- Work with
community partnerships, for example “Leither’s Don’t
barrow beats and continue to invest in the service in our communities.
Councillor Ian Perry
Edinburgh Labour's Planning Spokesperson